With Their Voices Raised
-A Theatre Documentary-

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm (museum doors reopen 6pm)

Cost: $10 (Members $7)

(Advance registration required)

Location: Morikami Theater

Discussion led by Dr. Patricia Liehr and Kate Morris

With Their Voices Raised… Take a journey through a turbulent time in history through the testimonies of Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor survivors and their hope for peace in the future.

With Their Voices Raised, is a theatre documentary based upon the recorded testimonies of Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor survivors. This performance moves from the initial surprise attack, to the “hell on earth” experience, and concludes with the journey of reconciling oneself with these life events. This documentary performance, through telling and re-telling of the survivors’ stories, both provokes and inspired an understanding of the pursuit of peace following war. The performance will culminate in a conversation exploring personal and world peace.

About the speaker:
Kate Morris has served as script researcher and dramaturg for over a dozen collegiate and professional theatre performances on the FAU campus and other established theatre venues in the South Florida area. She collaborated with teams of Japanese and American researchers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University to create With Their Voices Raised.

To purchase tickets now: http://support.morikami.org/site/Calendar/1889260274?view=Detail&id=104406

We will appreciate your support in getting the word out about this lecture.
To purchase tickets for the lecture please visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233 x. 235.

UPDATE: The event date has changed to Dec 22nd.

Dear JETAA members,

This year’s JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san’s restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami). Sekita-san was once the JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food, is a great host, and beware of his “sake bomb.”

As part of the Bonenkai we will report on the events of the past year and solicit ideas about what Florida JETAA can do the future.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert*. You will get a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive.  Sekita-san never disappoints!

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so you will pay that separately at the end of the event.

This will be a cost-sharing event, meaning that some of the meal will be paid from JETAA funds that will cover part of the meal and you will cover the rest. So the cost can vary depending on how many or how little people come and what drinks you order.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant
11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277
(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: December 22nd, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30pm

Please RSVP  to Bahia, the deadline to RSVP is Dec 17th .  Tell us if you are bringing a guest. You can RSVP by going to  http://guestli.st/134238 or emailing president@floridajetaa.org with the subject Bonenkai 2012.  If you RSVP using the link please fill in your name, email, and phone number (optional).  Please also include that information if RSVPing by email

I hope you can all make it!

If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec 28th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we have to end up paying for the person who doesn’t show up, which is not fun for those who have to foot your bill.

Hope to see you there!

Bahia (President) and Wendy (South Florida Region Representative)

The Tokyo office is asking for a survey of JET alumni in our area, including those not necessarily affiliated with Florida JETAA.

If you don’t mind, please send the following information to me at jet@mi.mofa.go.jp:

1. Name

2. Name in katakana

3. Gender

4. Birth year

5. Current job (title, organization)

6. Current city

7. Contracting Organization in Japan

8. Position (ALT, CIR, SEA)

9. Years of participation (ex: 1989-1991)

10. Member of Florida JETAA (yes or no)

11. Email address

12. Phone number Thank you!


Additionally, we have been asked to get in touch with anyone who did a study abroad in Japan to follow up to see where they ended up going with their careers. Please let me know if this is a survey you would be interested in participating with as well.


Finally, please note that the JET Program Coordinator’s email address has changed. It is now jet@mi.mofa.go.jp.

Hi everyone, I am pleased to pass on this information about a newly launched website on Japanese mythology.  The website content was created by a former JET still living in Shimane.


To celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki, the Japan Myth Expo in Shimane, Japan is being held from July 21, 2012 to November 11, 2012. Visitors can enjoy free general admission, although certain areas will require a fee. In the expo, visitors will enjoy exciting
events including theatre performances, exhibitions, walking tours, and mythological gourmet

Additionally, in honor of the Kojiki’s 1300th anniversary we are also proud to launch our website, JapaneseMythology.jp! JapaneseMythology.jp aims to educate the public about the various myths of Japan and about the Kojiki, the oldest chronicle of ancient Japan.  Additionally, we also hope to attract visitors to Shimane Prefecture, which is located in the southwest part of Japan, and is home to many of these Japanese myths.

A number of ancient Japanese myths are recorded in the Kojiki, and many historical sites featured in these myths, such as Izumo Taisha, are located in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. In ancient Japan, people often regarded spirits and natural forces as numerous deities. As one of the most famous Japanese myths dictates, Japanese people believe that all the deities throughout Japan get together and have an annual conference at Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine), a historic landmark that is one of the most visited spots in Shimane. Thus, Shimane is considered the land of deities. Although most people consider Kyoto to be the epitome of Japanese ancient history, Shimane is actually older and historically richer than Kyoto.

JapaneseMythology.jp is a great source for those looking to inform themselves further about Japanese culture, as well as people looking for a new, exciting travel destination. On the website you can learn more about the Kojiki, the roots of Kabuki, Izumo Taisha, the creation of sake, and the myths of the Underworld, the slaying of the eight-headed serpent Yamata no
Orochi, the tale of Okuninushi, and Kunibiki, the legend of how the entire Shimane peninsula was formed.


The Japan Myth Expo is an event that allows visitors to learn about the various mythologies of Japan. Through this expo, visitors will be able to experience the culture and history of ancient Japan while exploring the world of Japanese mythology. The expo takes place at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, which is located at 99-4 Kizuki-Higashi, Taisha, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, 699-0701, and its surrounding areas. More info on the Japan Myth Expo can be found at www.shinwahaku.jp. From its opening on August 20, the expo has seen 200,000 attendees so far.

URL: http://wwww.JapaneseMythology.jp
Status: Launched

Japanese Contact:
Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-22-6756

US Contact:
Izumi Hasegawa